Centrica partner 2G Energy displays a 100% hydrogen-powered CHP engine
The UK’s first “Road to Net Zero Tour” will stop at Centrica’s Windsor headquarters later this month, bringing attention to the significance of hydrogen in decarbonizing power.
As Centrica partner 2G Energy presents a 100% hydrogen-powered combined heat and power (CHP) engine, the business community and policymakers are invited to learn how low carbon hydrogen can fuel the UK’s transition to net zero. Business executives, local and federal policymakers, and planners can attend the event to learn more about how a hydrogen CHP engine operates and how the technology might aid the UK in achieving its 2050 net zero goals.
In response to a “growing need for integrated hydrogen solutions which are a key tool in the decarbonization of decentralized energy,” Centrica earlier this year established a manufacturing cooperation with 2G.
The largest energy provider in the UK is working on a number of intriguing projects that it thinks will pave the way for low carbon hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in a significant portion of the energy mix. The business—best known as the proprietor of British Gas—is taking part in a trial in which more than 2,000 homes will be converted to hydrogen heating in either Whitby, Cheshire, or Redcar, Teesside.
AIChE and IChemE to establish global hydrogen alliance
A letter of intent to work together on creating a global alliance focused on the use of hydrogen has been signed by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), two leading professional societies dedicated to advancing the application of chemical engineering expertise internationally.
The collaboration will strengthen the professional societies’ shared desire to assist business in using hydrogen as a form of energy for industrial and commercial purposes, which will be a crucial step on the path to having net zero emissions of greenhouse gases.
Billy B. Bardin, AIChE’s 2023 President and Global Climate Transition Director at Dow, and Trish Kerin, Director of the IChemE Safety Center, signed the letter of intent on May 10, 2023, during the 2023 World Hydrogen Summit and Exhibition, which took place May 9–11 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Future of energy will rely on hydrogen, says H2Poland Forum
How can Europe maintain energy security while protecting the environment, implementing the decarbonization policy, and achieving the strategic objective of net zero emissions by 2050? In the upcoming years, finding economical and sustainable energy sources will depend heavily on hydrogen.
On May 16–17, 2023, Pozna will host European authorities interested in the hydrogen market. On the fairgrounds of MTP Pozna Expo, they will participate in the 2nd Central European Hydrogen Technology Forum, or H2POLAND. What holds the secret to a bright future?
Europe concurs that energy independence is necessary for a safe future. A crucial component of this procedure will be hydrogen.
Inocel’s gigafactory to revolutionize high-power fuel cells
Inocel, a French company specializing in high-power fuel cells, has announced plans to set up its gigafactory in Belfort, France. The 15,000 m² facility, located at Techn’Hom on the former Ailettes site, will commence production in September 2024. The company aims to create 150 jobs by the end of 2024 and at least 700 by 2030. Inocel was founded in the spring of 2022, with the high-power fuel cell project launched three years ago. The startup has already raised €16.5 million over the past year.
Inocel’s research and development center in Grenoble currently employs 60 people and develops high-power fuel cells named INOCEL Z300, which have a power of more than 300 kW, equivalent to 407 horsepower, or the power of a 44-ton truck. The whole system weighs just 100 kg and measures 50 cm on each side, making it powerful, compact, and efficient. The technology’s weight-power-volume ratio opens up unique opportunities for integration as decarbonization efforts continue.
Ontario’s low-carbon hydrogen strategy: investing in cleaner future
Ontario has announced its Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy, an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the widespread adoption of hydrogen technologies. As part of this strategy, the government has launched the Hydrogen Innovation Fund, a clean technology funding program that will invest $15 million over the next three years to support eligible projects that benefit electricity supply, capacity, storage, and demand management, and boost the overall growth of Ontario’s hydrogen economy.
Administered by the Independent Electricity System Operator, the Hydrogen Innovation Fund is now open for applications as of April 2023. The goal is to invest in projects that advance Ontario’s hydrogen economy, including the development of clean hydrogen production, distribution, and end-use technologies.
The Hydrogen Innovation Fund is a significant step towards achieving Ontario’s low-carbon hydrogen vision. By providing funding for clean technology projects, this program will accelerate the growth of Ontario’s hydrogen economy and help the province achieve its emissions reduction targets.
Chart Industries and Crane test new liquid hydrogen valve
A novel cryogenic valve created and manufactured by Crane for applications involving liquid hydrogen has undergone successful testing by Chart Industries and Crane Company. This is the first valve from the CRYOFLO range of bellow seal vacuum jacketed globe valves from Crane. Crane designed and tested the valve, and Chart carried out the final validation, review, and testing.
Taking advantage of Chart’s 60 years of experience with hydrogen equipment and the facility’s availability of the extremely cold cryogenic liquid for testing, the final testing was carried out at Chart’s one-of-a-kind liquid hydrogen test facility in New Prague, Minnesota, in the United States. Liquid hydrogen is substantially colder than the maximum temperature that most cryogenic valves can withstand and is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit colder than liquid nitrogen.
The testing demonstrates the safety and dependability of Crane’s CRYOFLO liquid hydrogen valve design at extremely low temperatures while supporting best-in-class high flow rates at little pressure drop.